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Grateful Dead Live at Field House, Wesleyan University on 1970-05-03


Topics Live concert


Me & My Uncle, New Speedway Boogie, Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin', Dire Wolf, Don't Ease Me In, Turn On Your Love Light-> The Main Ten-> Uncle John's Band-> Turn On Your Love Light


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Field House, Wesleyan University
Location Middletown, CT

Source Audience
Lineage AUD > MC > ? > Cass > DAT > CD
Taped by
Transferred by Jeff Cook and JCotsman

Notes

Outdoor concert on the lawn outside the administration building. -- This was apparently recorded by students doing a project for a Sociology class.

This is surely one of the poorer audience masters from any era. The crowd is very loud as well. Frequently, the microphone is being moved around which affects the sound.

Deadlists gives a slightly different order for the songs. The order given here is almost certainly correct, though, as the recorder frequently mentions the time of day during many of the songs. We can assume that when he mentions the time is "12:07" at the end of Good Lovin', he really means to say "10:07" (he mentions it is "9:48" near the beginning of the song).

Deadlists also mentions that NRPS played Truck Drivin' Man & Fair Chance To Know preceding Me & My Uncle. The recorder also mentions that Good Lovin' is the seventh song played. We might then consider that this is the entire Dead set following a short set by the New Riders. Of course, that is no certainty.

- There is a small splice @ 1:30 of Good Lovin'.
- Sound Forge was used to correct the pitch and normalize.

Reviews

Reviewer: larryx5x - - January 27, 2013
Subject: not as bad as some say!
its not bad at all, not close to a soundboard, but good enough!

and it is the day after the harper show!
Reviewer: Ricky L. - - December 31, 2012
Subject: I was at this show
Since someone below speculated what the whole show included, here ya go: it started with acoustic Garcia & Weir (Lesh & Hart "stuck in traffic"), then New Riders, then Dead. I don't remember whether they played more after the Panther speech or not, but the recording definitely doesn't include the inebriated brother who took the microphone to ask "Where the dope? Where the dope?" Another interesting feature of the concert was through the duration there were announcements periodically as various colleges had just shut down in protest (this was immediately after Nixon admitted bombing Cambodia & the day before the Kent State shooting at one campus protest). The show was outside, nice day, audience sat on a hillside facing the stage, & it was pretty sparsely attended.
Reviewer: rschwz28 - - November 3, 2011
Subject: cassettes
Can someone ask around the taping section if anybody can spare a 90 minute Maxell XL IIS? I'll take a Memorex if that's all I can get.

While I won't be downloading or saving this audience recording, I'm going to stick out the stream (I'm more than halfway through Good Lovin'.)

Impeach Nixon!
Reviewer: brotherbuttcrack - - March 22, 2011
Subject: Raw
Crowd Tape; added bonus of Electric Dead!

Jamming is very good on this. Good Lovin and Lovelight are not to be missed; Very, very Unique!!!

Warning: Tape is very rough. But Lovelight is surprisingly clear.

The girl at the end of Speedway is hilarious.

Please don't be a snob. Just put on your aud ears and do something else with this tape on. At some point it will suck you in. Lovelight, my goodness!
Reviewer: Davidb1953 - - February 3, 2011
Subject: Free concert
This was my fourth show (2/14 late,3/20 late,3/21late)and first free concert. The hog farm (with Wavy Gravy) was there and Cactus opened the show. I remember being about ten feet away from Garcia during the New Riders set. They used the "Grateful Dead" sign which you can see in pictures from other shows in this period. The sound was fantastic as we were on a hill and there were about a thousand people in attendance.
Reviewer: phleshy - - May 25, 2005
Subject: Garbage.
This is the worst-sounding live recording I have ever heard. Ever. It sounds like somebody recorded it in their back pocket. I usually don't mind AUD tapes from this era. 5/7/70 and 9/17/70 may be of rough quality, but they capture the live atmosphere quite effectively. This doesn't do anything for me whatsoever. Most of the time, you can't even hear the Dead playing over the din of a bunch of drunken people. If there was any recording to give 4/7/72 a run for its money, it's this one. I'd rather not have this show recorded than have this travesty available for public consumption.

If you're clamoring to hear what these people were feeling about Nixon's bombing of Cambodia (which would lead to the Kent State killings the next day), then give it a listen. If you want to hear Dead music, then don't waste your time (and disc space).
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